Find information to support your economic development project in the State of North Carolina with these reports and resources:

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In July 2021, a new strategic plan for economic development in the state was published.  Learn more about the First in Talent plan.

Area Demographic Profiles provide a glimpse into the business environment and quality of life across a variety of North Carolina geographies. Topics include demographics, education, housing, unemployment, and wages by industry.  These reports are also sometimes referred to as County Profiles.

The Community Investment Report (CIR) offers a comprehensive round up of economic development announcements in North Carolina, capturing capital investment, infrastructure development, and job creation for projects across the state. This information is collected by the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) and reported quarterly, with a searchable database also available. CIR relies on self reporting from local economic development partners across the state, and does not necessarily capture every announced job or dollar invested in North Carolina.  Data from CIR is shared with third-party organizations that determine North Carolina’s rankings on nationally recognized lists, such as Site Selection magazine's Top State Business Climates.

For members of the economic development community, business owners, and news organizations, submit your CIR project information here.

For inquiries regarding this information, please call (919) 447-7773 or send an email to

Read about the economic impact of the military on North Carolina's economy in this detailed report first published in October 2022.

The report was prepared by Commerce's Labor & Economic Analysis Division and Regional Economic Models, Inc. (REMI), on behalf of the North Carolina Military Affairs Commission and the North Carolina Department of Military & Veterans Affairs.

Research provides critical information that shapes the strategic direction of Visit North Carolina, the public-private organization that markets North Carolina as a visitor destination, under contract with the N.C. Department of Commerce.

The state’s communications, tourism advocacy and customer service efforts are based on ongoing analysis of research. The Visit North Carolina research team works closely with third-party research organizations and government agencies to monitor North Carolina domestic and international visitation.

Visitor data and other published research help local communities and tourism-industry partners plan, implement, and evaluate processes and programs. Calculating the economic impact of travel and tourism helps policy makers make strategic decisions about the long-term health of tourism, assess capital investment and gauge the amount of government support.

The 2021 North Carolina International Trade Report (the latest edition published) provides top-level data about exports of goods from North Carolina, along with information about the state's International Trade team.

For older versions of the International Trade Report, visit the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina's Publications page.